How does Horny Goat Weed/icariin work compared to prescription ED medicines?

Does 60% icariin Horny Goat Weed work like Viagra?

Whether you are someone who has previously used 'sildenafil-based' prescription erectile dysfunction medications or someone who is considering using them, 'Horny Goat Weed extract' (and most crucially the 'icariin' elements contained within) is the most popular alternative solution that people utilize, either as a long-term natural ED remedy prior to ever having taken any sildenafil-based ED medications, or instead as a way to get off of taking prescription sildenafil-based ED medicines, thus to eliminate the side effects in which they experience from them.

But how does each method work to tackle male impotence problems? What are the similarities between them both? And what makes Horny Goat Weed/icariin differ from sildenafil to the extent that it doesn't share the same side-effect profile?

The Similarity

The similarity between icariin from Horny Goat Weed and sildenafil-based prescription impotence medicines is that they both inhibit the enzyme known as PDE5. The result of which, equates to the appropriate production of 'nitric oxide' around the body, triggering ample blood supply to the penis, and in turn, resulting in a healthy and strong penile erection. This natural ability to produce nitric oxide can decline in men of any age, causing what is medically termed as; erectile dysfunction, at which stage a stimulative boost is required to restore one's nitric oxide levels up to what they once were. 

Sildenafil-based prescription impotence medicines are highly forceful PDE5 inhibitors, forceful to the extent of which limits their longevity in terms of usage, due to the various side effects encountered from their use. However, at high levels of icariin purity (such as standardized 60% icariin), Horny Goat Weed extract acts as a powerful and healthy natural form of PDE5 inhibitor, while sparing you of the negative side effects of sildenafil, making it the most sustainable long-term remedy for the replenishment of nitric oxide and the successful delivery of blood to the penis thereafter.

This 'PDE5 inhibitor' similarity between icariin from Horny Goat Weed and prescription 'blue pill' medicines, has actually led to the partial rejection of a patent from one of the most well-recognized manufacturer's of sildenafil-based prescription medicines, which occurred due to said manufacturer's erectile dysfunction medicine having too much of a similarity in mechanism to that of icariin from Horny Goat Weed. — For further reading on this 'partial patent rejection' case, please view the following link: Reuters - Los Angeles, USA

The Difference

In terms of the difference between icariin from Horny Goat Weed and sildenafil-based prescription ED treatments, the major attribute here is the additional ability of high-strength icariin to increase male sex drive/sexual desire.

Due to the icariin-driven potency of top-quality Horny Goat Weed extracts, these extracts boast the ability to regulate and restore levels of free circulating (bioavailable) testosterone, which in turn intensifies the level of sexual desire and virility that a man possesses. — Please view the following link to read a scientific publication that highlights the ability of icariin to increase circulating levels of testosterone: PubMed - Research Summary Sheet

Prescription impotence medicines, however, fail to lend a hand towards improving male sex drive (sexual desire), lacking any direct beneficial effect in terms of free circulating (bioavailable) testosterone levels. This is precisely why it is commonly expressed within the world of 'prescription ED medications' that; 'if you do not possess an adequate amount of sex drive, then the prescribed sildenafil medication will not work'.

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Horny Goat Weed extract is a natural herbal supplement that is aimed at gradually building back up the body’s sexual function to its peak level, and maintaining this level through the process of revitalizing for the long-term. Horny Goat Weed is not pressing to be a mirrored version of a sildenafil prescription impotence medicine, it is a natural solution that works on 'both' elements of a man's sexual health, rather than just working on the one.